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Advisory Board

Reggy Vermeulen

Port of Duqm

Reggy Vermeulen has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Port Duqm as of February 2015. Prior to his current position he was the PDC’s Commercial Director for three years.

Before joining the Port of Duqm in 2012, Mr. Vermeulen was the CEO of the Port and Industrial Zone of Haiphong in Vietnam. This location under his leadership has attracted over 1.5 billion dollars of investment and has been elected amongst the top 5 companies in Vietnam. Mr. Vermeulen was also positioned in Nigeria for launching the port and industrial zone of “OK Free trade zone” next to Lagos. He started his career as a Consultant at Deloitte Consulting with a specialization in supply chain optimization and companies restructuring.

Lee Chee Khian


Lee Chee Khian has been involved in the development of townships, industrial parks, and all of their supporting infrastructures; supply chain and ancillary facilities for industrial township development for over 40 year in the Asia Pacific region namely in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, China and India. Projects handles include industrial parks, power plants, ports, water plants and social infrastructure. Chee has training in civil engineering, law and finance.

Hilal Al Kharusi

Oman Oil Company

Mr. Hilal Al Kharusi is the Acting Executive Managing Director for Oman Oil Duqm Development Company. Till January 2016, he served as the Vice President for Emerging Businesses in Oman Oil Company (OOC) with responsibility of managing a diverse portfolio covering Energy Infrastructure, Shipping, Trading, Power, Mining and Metals. His responsibilities extend in managing the development of large scale domestic energy projects. His career spans over 25 years in the energy business started in Petroleum Development Oman in 1990 and in 2001 joined Shell Inteational in the Netherlands as a senior professional in the Business Development Group, working on several projects in the Middle East, Russia, CIS and Africa. Mr. Al Kharusi served as Board Chairman of Oman Gas Company, Takamul Investment Company and Oman Trading Inteational and currently serves as Chairman of the boards of Oman Tank Terminal Company, Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company and Centralized Utilities Company and as board member in the Duqm Refining & Petrochemical Industries. He joined OOC in 2005 and serves as member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Gabor Kenessey


Gabor Kenessey currently acts as GM SCM at Orpic (www.orpic.om). SCM at Orpic is managing the hydrocarbon feedstock supply, inbound logistics, planning and optimization, scheduling, outbound logistics and sales and marketing of the refined petroleum products and petrochemicals.  Gabor Kenessey worked for more than 12 years with MOL, a Hungarian integrated oil and gas company. His most recent role was Vice President, Supply Chain Management of the MOL Group. In this role, he was accountable for the optimization of the downstream and petrochemical segments of the business, including 5 refineries and 2 petrochemical complexes. His earlier assignments were VP Hydrocarbon Logistics, Manager Hydrocarbon Inventory. Before joining MOL, Gabor Kenessey worked for an independent inspection company as manager of the Chemical Department, as well as in the academic sector, conducting research and lecturing at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary.  Gabor holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and M.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering as well as Ph.D. from Technical University of Budapest and has a C.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


Tareq Kawash


Tareq Kawash is Vice President of Project Operations for CB&I’s Engineering and Construction operating group. He was named to this position in 2016. Tareq previously served as Vice President of Inteational Business Development and Sales, Regional Vice President of the Middle East and Africa, General Manager Operations for Saudi Arabia, and has held various project management roles for multiple major projects.

Tareq has nearly 25 years of experience in the Engineering and Construction industry with domestic and inteational assignments in Oil & Gas projects. Prior to joining CB&I in 2000, he worked with KBR for two years and Consolidated Contractors Company for seven years.

Tareq has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University, and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has also attended management and leadership programs at Rice University and London’s School of Business.

S.G Gedigeri


S.G Gidigeri is a Chemical Engineer by profession and has more than 36 years’ experience in the Fertiliser & Chemical Manufacturing industry. Gedigeri started his professional career in the fertilizer industry in 1979 and has vast experience of 37 years managing complex and most mode process technologies related to Ammonia, Urea, Methanol, and other downstream chemicals from oil and gas. Gedigeri joined OMIFCO in 2004 as Production Manager and subsequently was promoted to Director of Production, Deputy CEO and CEO.

Matthew Bishop

WorleyParsons Oman

Matthew Bishop has 25 years professional experience in the project management, engineering and contracting business serving hydrocarbons, chemicals and infrastructure customers.  He has worked extensively throughout the Middle East, SE. Asia, India and UK.

Matthew has been in Oman with WorleyParsons for 3½ years and leads a team of more than 1,000 project and engineering professionals delivering project solutions for clients including PDO, Oman Oil Co., Occidental and SEZAD.

Yousuf Al-Jahdhami

Duqm Refinery

With Over 16 years of project management experience in various sectors including upstream oil & gas, cross country pipelines, power stations, natural gas distribution systems. Yousuf Al Jahdhami is the General Manager of Project Management at Duqm Refinery since May 2010 ensuring the delivery of the project in high standards aligned with the best HSE & Quality practices. He is also representing shareholders as a chairman of the project steering committee of the Salalah Ammonia Project and as a member of the SEZAD’s project steering committee for the Duqm bulk liquid jetty project and seawater intake & outfall project at Dqum. Yousuf is a member of the tender committee of Oman Gas Company.

Previously, Yousuf worked in Oman Oil Company, Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), Oman Gas Company (OGC), and Petroleum Development Oman (P.D.O.). With OOC, He involved in many investments assessments and represented OOC as board member at Orient Power Company,  as board member of Gulf Energy Maritime Company, and as project steering committee member in the Oman Aluminum Rolling project. With OPWP, Yousuf managed a number of Independent Water and/or Power Projects (IPPs / IWPPs). As Project Manager at OGC, He also has managed projects with the total capital expenditure exceeding USD 800 million between 2005 and 2009 including major cross country pipelines, pressure booster stations and pressure reduction terminal. At PDO, Yousuf was involved in various upstream projects.

Yousuf graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University, England, UK in 1996, and obtained a Master Mechanical Engineering, Fluid Mechanic from the same university in 2000.

Sultan Mohammed al Hilali

Ministry of Oil & Gas

Sultan Mohammed al Hilali holds the position of Director General of Planning & Studies at the Ministry of Oil and Gas in Oman. Sultan gained his BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Tulsa University, USA in 1987 and holds an MBA from Hull University in the United Kingdom which he got in 2005. He joined the Ministry of Oil and Gas (formerly Ministry of petroleum and Minerals) in September 1987 and has held several positions in Upstream Oil and Gas Departments.

Abdullah Al-Habsi

Salalah Methanol Company

Abdullah Al-Habsi is the Project Director of the proposed Salalah Ammonia Project. Abdullah has twenty years of refinery and petrochemical experience in the areas of project development and in operating plants. He held diversified leadership roles in the areas of plant maintenance, plant operation, project development and execution, marketing, engineering, health, safety, environment, human resources, finance and performance management system. Abdullah started his career in Mina Al-Fahal Refinery as maintenance engineer, then assigned as project engineer in Sohar Refinery Project. Later he joined the Sohar Polypropylene Project, leading its development as project manager and later as operation manager in the operation phase of the plant. He also participated in organisation restructuring works. Prior to the current role he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Salalah Methanol Company. Abdullah as well participated in various due diligence works for major investment acquisitions. Abdullah holds Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Sultan Qaboos University.

Khalifa Al Abri

Public Authority for SME Development

Khalifa Said Al Abri, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Public Authority for SME Development, holds a BA in economics from the University of Jordan and a Master of Science in Development Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. He works for Oman's Govement since 1986 and held several positions, where he served as Director of Arab & Inteational Organisations in the Ministry of Finance and Economy, and then as director-general for economic affairs and later Director General for Private Sector affairs in the Ministry of National Economy.

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